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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

CrimProf Sharon Dolovich Believes in Reform over Prisoner Shipment

Dolovich_1From UCLA Law CrimProf and prison expert Sharon Dolovich recently stated that California should lower its population of inmates through key reforms, instead of shipping them out of the state.

Faced with packed prisons, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is transferring inmates to out-of-state facilities for the first time. About 2,200 inmates, all volunteers, will be moved to private, medium-security prisons in four states, including the Florence Correctional Center in Arizona.

“The assumption of this move is that there's nothing else California can do,” she said. “But in fact we have a lot of people incarcerated who shouldn't be incarcerated.”  Dolovich stated.

Like Romero other critics, Dolovich believes California's parole and sentencing policies are overly stringent. She studies both private and public prisons. She says one type is not necessarily better than the other, and that both operate under financial pressures and often lack adequate oversight.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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